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The easiest way to get around Disney World is (finally) returning this month

June 08, 2022
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The easiest way to get around Disney World is (finally) returning this month
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What's red, white and polka-dotted, and rolls all over Walt Disney World as the easiest way to get around the more than 25,000-acre property? Minnie Vans.

These handy and adorable cars — which some feared to be extinct — have returned more than two years after the Walt Disney World theme parks closed in March 2020.

(Photo courtesy of Disney)

Minnie Vans first rolled into Disney in 2017 as the most stylish and convenient way to get around the parks. Now they will be rolling back into service on June 29.

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There's a lot more to love about the Minnie Van service than looking cool when you pull up to your destination. Minnie Vans are private cars (no more rubbing shoulders with sweaty strangers on the monorail) that seat up to six guests. Each van comes equipped with two complimentary child car seats; accessible vans are also available.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

A Minnie Van's point-to-point service also means you'll get dropped off even closer to the magic than you would if you drove your own car or used a different ride-sharing service.

This comes in most handy when you're heading to or from Magic Kingdom.

Normally, you would arrive at the Transportation and Ticket Center and then take a boat or monorail to Magic Kingdom's front entrance. However, with Minnie Van service, you can exit at the Magic Kingdom resort bus stop just in front of the park's entrance (and skip the TTC altogether).

(Photo by Summer Hill/The Points Guy)

There are some situations when Minnie Vans are more helpful than others.

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For example, TPG's director of travel content, Summer Hull, has saved a lot of time and internal resort bus transfers by using Minnie Vans. The vans pick Summer and her family up directly in front of their Fort Wilderness cabin and escort them to the parks in time for rope drop. This route would otherwise require waiting for not one but two buses.

Minnie Van service will be available daily between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. The vans service all Walt Disney World resort hotels, water parks and theme parks. They also serve Disney Springs and other select hotels such as the Walt Disney World Swan, Dolphin and Swan Reserve hotels and the Four Seasons Resort.

Related: 6 things to know about Disney World’s Minnie Vans

Prior to the pandemic, Minnie Vans could also transport travelers between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Disney. For now, though, Disney has not announced if or when that service route will return.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Booking a Minnie Van is simple: It's available as an option within the ride-hailing app Lyft. If you don't already have the Lyft app, download it and sign up for an account prior to your visit. When you are ready to ride, open the app and choose your Disney destination.

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You should see Minnie Van as an option when choosing your vehicle (this is also where you can select an accessible Minnie Van). Pricing, which varies by route just as with any other Lyft ride, tends to be higher than the standard Lyft options. However, rides are chauffeured by Disney cast members who know their way around the park and can help with Disney-related questions or issues.

Additionally, Minnie Vans can sometimes go where traditional car services and taxi vehicles can't. So, when you need the utmost in Disney transportation convenience, fire up that Lyft app and request a cute polka-dotted vehicle to come whisk you away.

Featured image by Disney's fleet of Minnie Vans (photo courtesy fo Disney)
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  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023